STARS and Assessment at Todmorden High School

Over recent years the DfE have removed the requirement for schools to use prescribed ‘levels’ to reflect attainment and progress, this is to allow schools to develop their own approach.

At THS we have come up with an assessment system that:

  • Shows progress.
  • Gives regular feedback to parents.
  • Translates into meaningful grades.
  • Leads eventually to GCSE grading.
  • Is easy to understand.

At KS3 grades will build towards the new GCSE grading system of 1-9. (with 9 being the highest). At KS4, using KS3 grades as a stepping stone, grades will align with full GCSE grades and subject assessment objectives. These assessment objectives are the criteria that are used by the examination boards to award GCSE grades.

There is more information on understanding the new GCSE grades, towards the bottom of this page.

We have produced a written guide and a short video, to help parents understand the 2018/19 STARS reports.  Please click the links below to access these guides.

Parent Guide to understanding your child’s STARS report

The new GCSE and grading: key information

As you may or may not be aware GCSEs in England are changing. The courses and exams have been changed to ensure that young people have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century. The new GCSEs will ensure that students leave school better prepared for work or further study. They cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in the strongest performing education systems elsewhere in the world.

Please find attached here some key pieces of information for you to consider regarding your childs GCSEs and grading in light of these changes.


GCSE Factsheet

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